Global Community Must Hold Governments Accountable To TB Commitments Made At UNHLM
Inter Press Service: TB Remains World’s Single Largest Infectious Killer, says WHO
Mandy Slutsker, policy and advocacy manager for ACTION Global Health Advocacy Partnership’s Secretariat
“…On September 26, heads of state met in New York for the first-ever United Nations High-Level Meeting (UNHLM) on TB and committed to finding all people with TB, including those who are ‘missing.’ … To reach the missing millions, each government first needs to understand who is being missed and why. … Once a government knows who the system has missed, it should implement public health policies that focus on finding and treating those people. … Each government needs to improve the effectiveness of its TB program overall by adopting best practices and tools. … Finally, when it comes to TB, the more you look, the more you find. … Every government, as well as philanthropy and the private sector, has a role to play in reaching the UNHLM goal of finding and treating 40 million people with TB by 2022. … We in civil society and affected communities are ready to take the next steps with our governments. I am hopeful TB will soon be in the history books, on the list of deadly conditions eradicated from the human experience” (10/10).